Make sure no one suffers
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked Awami League leaders and activists to make sure that no one suffers under the fallout of the pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war.
She was exchanging views with leaders and activists of Tungipara and Kotalipara upazila AL and its front and associated bodies at the Kotalipara upazila AL office in Gopalganj.
Hasina said her government has been working tirelessly to transform Bangladesh into a developed and prosperous country free from poverty and hunger.
She called upon the party leaders and activists to stand by the people to support the government's initiatives to make sure that no one remains poor, homeless and hungry.
"Each of the Awami League leaders and activists has to work for changing the mindset of 'doing only for myself'."
The PM reminded AL activists and the countrymen about the critical juncture the world is now in due to the double blow of the pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war.
She reiterated her call for practicing austerity in every sector, particularly in using energy like electricity.
"Even big countries like America and England are now suffering from food crisis. We are still in a good position and trying to be well. It requires help from all."
Hasina, also the AL president, asked all to bring every inch of land across the country under cultivation to grow more food so that Bangladesh doesn't face such a crisis.
She said her government has built the Padma Bridge, provided electricity to every house, is giving home to every landless and homeless people and ensuring food security for all aiming to continue Bangladesh's progress.
Despite all these, some people at home and abroad have been trying to oust the AL government, the PM said.
"What is the fault with Sheikh Hasina's government? For what offences they want to dislodge the Awami League government?" she questioned.
Describing the AL grassroots activists as the party's lifeline, the PM said grassroots activists always take right decisions and hold up the organisation.
Hasina said the AL is always powerful as a political party as it has trusted grassroots activists.
"The power of the people is the main strength to me. Attempts have been made on my life time and again. But Almighty Allah saved me to do something for the welfare of the country."
That's why the AL government had been able to construct the Padma Bride with own funding and implement other development projects to ensure the country's overall development, she added.
Earlier in the day, Hasina reached her ancestral home in Tungipara for the first time via the Padma Bridge at 11:40am. She was accompanied by her son Sajeeb Wazed and daughter Saima Wazed.
The PM offered prayers at the mausoleum of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
On her way to Tungipara, the premier and her family members spent some time on the Padma Bridge and took rest for a while at the Zanjira end's service area.
Hasina returned to Dhaka at 5:30pm.